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Food Testing Lab On The Anvil

IMPHAL, Jan 8:  The Directorate of Health Services is seriously considering setting up a laboratory for testing and identifying molecule deficient and sub-standard drugs.

Following reports that huge quantities of molecule deficient and sub-standard drugs are being marketed at Imphal, the Directorate is mulling to set up a drug testing laboratory so that samples of suspected drugs can be tested here instead of sending them to other States, informed an official source. Though the laboratory may cost around Rs 20 lakhs, it would not require much manpower. Such laboratory can be effectively run by seven to ten staff.

There is possibility of sending wrong reports under influence of drug manufacturing companies when suspected drug samples are sent to laboratories based outside the State. There have been instances when Regional Drug Testing Centre located at Guwahati certified many suspected drug samples as standard.

In other cases, the laboratory did not send test results at all, added the source.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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